|IA tribute... The Reverend Canon Suart Ansell
|THE REVEREND CANON STUART ANSELL
It is with great
sadness to us all that Stuart lost his battle with cancer and
passed away peacefully on Wednesday 2nd February 2011.
Stuart came to Pattingham in March 1989, from Biggleswade, where
he had worked in a shoe shop. He joined Lichfield Diocese as
a youth officer and lived in The Old Vicarage in Burnhill Green,
with his family, Kay, Barry, Kevin and Liam. Stuart left a huge
impression on the congregation of St.Chad's, Pattingham, both
young and old.
We all remember the noise of sixty children dressed as scarecrows
singing at the top of their voices and marching round the church
for Jesus, when he introduced the first holiday club in 1991.
It was not only the young that gained Stuart's attention as he
took some sixty services during the interregnum after Roy Bradbury
left, as well as leading both the Advent and Lent courses and
taking a weekly service at St. Chad's school.
Stuart also gave his time to both Beavers and Cubs where he helped
out as an assistant leader, this also allowed him to spend more
time with both Barry and Kevin. It was in 1995 that he left the
diocese to study at Cuddeston College near Oxford to train for
the priesthood. It was Stuart's amazing ability to reach out
to both young and old, to be larger than life one moment and
thoughtful and reflective the next that meant that he was so
highly thought of in the village.
Stuart graduated from Cuddeston and became a Deacon in Cheadle
in North Staffs, from where he was fully ordained and was appointed
as The Vicar of Silverdale and Keele, where he again has made
a lasting impression. Stuart continued his link with the Scout
Association by becoming group Chaplain in Silverdale. During
his time in Silverdale, his parish has made a link with a church
in Kumasi in Ghana, where he and Kay have worked tirelessly to
raise funds to rebuild a school. He and Kay were pleased to be
able to visit the school last summer , before he became ill.
If anyone would like to make a donation to help complete the
work the Stuart started, I will be pleased to pass it on. (Bring
to 20 Windsor Road)
Stuart will be very sadly missed by all who were privileged to
know him. There will certainly be a large gap in or lives as
Clive and I have celebrated with Stuart and Kay on many family
occasions over the years, as the boys have grown up.
If anyone is on Facebook, you will be able to read the many tributes
made to him on Kay's site.